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2016 Teacher Conservation Tour

June 20-24 • Monticello

2016 Presentations


Tree Cookies

Forest Economics

Arkansas Invaders

Forest Facts and History

Arkansas Forest History

Arkansas Tree Farm Program

The 2016 Teacher Conservation Tour - sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation (AFAEF) - has set its dates for June 20-24, 2016 in Monticello, Arkansas.  This week long educator workshop focuses on the environmental and economic benefits of Arkansas’s forest lands and forest industries.


This educational workshop and tour provides educators with a lot of time in the woods, learning about the interaction between forests, the environment, and the economy. Participants will tour forest product manufacturing facilities, view forest ecosystems, and harvesting and replanting operations all while learning valuable information about our forest communities.  Participants will also meet and learn from natural resource professionals and members of the forest products industry who are in the field conducting this work on a regular basis.

"This is not your typical 8-4 classroom workshop," stresses Rob Beadel, AFAEF Education Director.  "Our days are long and packed full of field activities keeping the participants engaged throughout the week."  Teachers will earn 30 professional development hours including 6 technology hours and 2 hours of Arkansas History approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. 


What educators said about the 2015 Teacher Conservation Tour (TCT) –


This tour has significantly changed my perspective of modern forestry. It has eliminated a prejudice I felt regarding this industry. I see it as modern farming, employing conscientious control in a beneficial relationship with other ecosystems. Seeing a clear stream near a burned ploy being prepared for planting and knowing both are necessary and responsibly tended during the process had the greatest impact upon me. I no longer see modern forestry as destructive. This tour was as enjoyable as it was informative.


I have been a teacher for 30 years. This has been by far, the best conference I have ever experienced!


Came away with a very different view of how logging and nature work together for the good of all of us!


I have learned a great deal about the various areas of forestry.


The hands-on approach and interactive activities made the learning more assessable and tangible and retention more effective. The variety of activities and the multiple levels of learning K-12 as well as the materials provided made transfer of learning more feasible and desirable. This is the way to motivate both teacher and student and peak interest in nature and man’s responsibility to it.


Although the 5-day workshop provides teachers of grades K through 12 with ADE-approved professional development, any formal or non-formal educator may apply for the tour.  A $150 registration fee is required at the time of application and will be refunded if you are not selected to participate.  Applicants should be aware that this workshop does involve outdoor activities requiring walking in rough, uneven terrain and sometimes in adverse weather conditions.


The workshop will be based at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, School of Forestry and Natural Resources in Monticello, Arkansas.  Housing will be provided in hotel rooms based on double occupancy at the Holiday Inn Express in Monticello.  The $150 registration fee covers lodging, most lunches and dinners, and transportation during the workshop, along with a wealth of educational resources to take back to the classroom.  Private rooms will be available for an additional $125 for the week.  Please note – the registration fee is $150 regardless whether lodging is used or not.  Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Monticello.  Space is limited to 25 participants and selected on a first-received first-reserved basis.  Preference will be given to first time applicants. 


Registration for the 2016 Teacher Conservation Tour opens in January.  A downloadable application form (PDF) is available here.  




Completed applications must be mailed in and include the $150 registration fee (plus the additional $125 if requesting a private room). Your payment will be returned if you are not selected for the tour.

See pictures of the 2015 TCT on the AFA Flickr page.

If you have questions, please contact Rob Beadel at (501) 374-2441 or

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